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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 11/ 4/2010

Police ID man whose vehicle closed Mall

By Washington Post editors

An Arizona man is scheduled to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court Thursday afternoon after authorities say they found firearms inside his parked vehicle on the Mall.

Sgt. David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, identified the suspect as James M. Patock, 66, of Marana, Arizona.

The vehicle was parked Wednesday on the Mall, near the Air and Space Museum.

Suspicious vehicle closes roads near Mall
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.:

A man from Arizona was taken into custody late Wednesday after a parked vehicle with firearms inside prompted authorities to shut down part of the Mall during the afternoon.

The vehicle was parked on the Mall, near the Air and Space Museum. A U.S. Park Police officer spotted something suspicious inside about 3:15 p.m., according to a Park Police spokesman.

The Mall was cordoned off between 4th and 7th Streets while authorities searched the vehicle.Sgt. David Schlosser of the Park Police said a handgun and several rifles were found.

A bomb disposal unit was sent to the scene, but no explosives were found.


The suspicious vehicle is said to be a camper parked on Jefferson Drive in front of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, according to reporter Fredrick Kunkle.

Sgt. David Schlosser with the U.S. Park Police said the agency's explosive ordnance team is on the scene investigating.

5:01 p.m.
Streets near the Mall are closed because of a suspicious vehicle in the area, according to U.S. Park Police.

Streets between 4th and 7th Street are closed while authorities check out the vehicle.

Stay with for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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Probably has a Rand Paul and an Obama sticker on it.

Veddy veddy suspicious.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | November 3, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Yee-haw! Just some TPer out celebrating the GOP victories...

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | November 3, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Naah, probably not celebrating, probably p***ed as hell that the Dems didn't lose 100 in the House and still have the Senate. And the Presidency.

Posted by: FrankIBC | November 3, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the scores of MPD employees who illegally park their PG County personal vehicles weekdays from 9 to 3 on Madison Drive NW. (There's no enforcement, so grab a space before they do! Just toss a "police-man" Halloween shirt on the dash, to guarantee free parking, 365 days a year.)

Posted by: Hans1924 | November 3, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Harry Reid.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | November 3, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

If any police force would've found something suspicious it would be the nosy Park Police.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 4, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Great. They found a tourist from Arizona with a legally owned guns, but they missed the crack dealer a block away and Al Queda cell making a dry run. In Arizona even my hairstylist had a .357 magnum in the car. What is the big deal.

Posted by: k85756 | November 4, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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